Wednesday, August 27, 2014


I am combining my TMT and my ARC August Challenge third week update this Tuesday because I only finished one ARC.

TELL ME TuEsDaY is a weekly/bi-weekly feature, depending on your reading style, where you tell us what you are reading now, and why, and what you are choosing next from your TBR pile, and why. It is co-hosted by me and the lovely Brittersweet from PLEASE FEED the BOOKWORM. We are always curious why people read what they read.


Long story made short; finished the Middle Grade, Dash, last week, and it was FOUR STARS by the way, I was so pleased with myself because it was my sixth book read for ARC August (my outside number). I had started Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly, right away, and was sure I would have it finished by now and be able to squeeze in two more before the first of September, for a total of nine ARCs. WRONG.

The making a long story short part is don't waste your time on feeling obligated to a new indie author, just because you are nice. You might end up being more invested in their book's success than they are and realize you have done alot for nothing, and wasted time you could have been reading other books of authors who would appreciate the attention. Live and learn. However, I have my SKULLBLOGGERY buddy, Brittersweet, and she will listen to me complain and we will be back out kicking book blogging butt tomorrow.

Anyway, I should have Floating Boy finished by tomorrow...

be starting 
Broken Monsters
hoping to finish by the first.

I said "hoping" because I would like to read the Son before my Amazon Unlimited free trial is up on the 29th.

No matter what happens Brittersweet, Pili, and I will be cheering each other on until the bitter end of ARC August.

Sometimes Brittersweet gets the *crickles*

Drop by and give Pili from IN LOVE with HANDMADE a peek because she is our wonderful feature follower. We luff her.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Wow, I can hardly believe Brittersweet and I have been co-hosting this feature for three months!! 

TELL ME TuEsDaY is a feature cooked up by my BBBB (Best Blogging Buddy, Bittersweet) from PLEASE FEED the BOOKWORM and I, after having our brains mashed by a Twitter party. It is a weekly, or bi-weekly feature (depending on your personal reading schedule), where we ask you what you are reading now, and why, and what you will be picking next from your TBR pile, and why. We are always curious to know why people read what they read.

*Doctor Who, David Tennant, gifs in honor of a new season of The Doctor starting this weekend,  and my favorite regeneration actor.


I am reading Dash by Kirby Larsen as my current ARC August Challenge (see button on side bar) read. It is a Middle Grade about the US Japanese internment camps during WWII. I really like this book because it is written like Middle Grades used to be written (if that makes any sense to you), think of Little House on the Prarie style. It is very calming and comforting in a way. I love the idea of the story imparting a history lesson as it goes along. I haven't read much of it because I was feeling headachey-weird yesterday, and now today I have a full on cold (or flu), so I have not been reading. I hope after a couple of cups of hot tea I will be able to use this sick time to my reading advantage. Also, thank-you to Celeste Pewter who sent me her ARC copy of Dash when she heard my Netgalley request had been sitting in limbo for a couple of months.

The other book I am reading off and on is The Galian Spear. It is by an Irish indie author. She sent me a mobi file quite awhile ago because she is planning a re-write, re-issue and wanted my thoughts. The file wouldn't download to my Kindle for some reason even though I have the app for that, and my son was supposed to figure it out for me, but you know how that goes, so when I saw it was on Amazon Unlimited, I signed up for the 30 day free trial. I love the parts about the children, but the history of the Galians is a little long; something easily remedied in a re-write. I definitely think a new cover is in order for the re-issue.


As far as my next ARC August read goes, I have no clue. I have several eARCs pending on both Netgalley and Edelweiss, and that new stupid Penguin Publishers site (Has anyone gotten approved for any books on the PP site yet?). I would love to read Atlantia. I am getting a copy of The Body Electric by Beth Revis (Across the Universe), but I don't think it is shipping until the end of the month.

* UPDDATE: I was turned down for this book on EW by Dutton Children's Books. They said "sorry", but all of our available eARCs have been distributed. I find that hard to believe because I requested it with in minutes of it going up on the boards.

Once I am finished with Dash I will be at my outside number for the ARC challege, six, so I am going to take an ARC break and read The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.

I was sooooo excited whe I saw it on Amazon Unlimited because our libraries' copies all have a loooooong waiting lists. I have read one of her other stand-alones, Elsewhere, and two of her "chocolate" books (I need to read the third book, I feel really awful about it). I just adore her writing style.

I also saw that all of the Giver series is on there, and although I would love to re-read the first books, I might not even get to The Son, which I haven't read, by the time my free 30 days is up.


Don't forget to drop in and find out what Pili from IN LOVE with HANDMADE is reading this week. We love our feature follower, Pili!! 

Sorry  there were no links this week.

Monday, August 18, 2014

REVIEW: Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee


"In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret...  When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since...  Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her...  Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power."

This novel has everything I look for in a YA Fantasy story. The author gives a solid history base for the world, no-nonsense physics rules for the environment, original images, just the right amount of description for the setting to light the reader's own imagination, undercurrents of social and moral statements, tears from my own eyes, some lighthearted laughable moments, intrigue, and well fashioned flirt and tease romantic scenes (quiet and sensual, no grunting and groping). The ending of the story will rip you up more than once, and you will also say, "I didn't see that coming!", multiple times. I do not like books where I have to go back and search for descriptions of characters to remember who, or what, they were. Lee's secondary characters were so well written I didn't have to re-read once. I was also amazed at the number of twists she was able to weave into the last few chapters. I am going to have a giant-sized book hangover for days. I was happy to stumble upon a pre-release ebook copy from Amazon's Read It First program. This is my honest review. FAVE THINGS: The Grays, and Lee's make you tingle romance scenes, and I'm not a romance person.

*I told one of my blogging buddies, when I couldn't put the book down and finished ahead of her on our buddy read, "The ending is going to make your head EXPLODE!!!!"

* Ms. Lee managed to make me full on snot cry, twice.

* Semi-spoiler... I do not like stories about certain types of immortals (no not vampires), but I was a fair way into the book when she dropped them on me and made me like them, I mean REALLY like them.


"In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe."
"My house is a place of forgotten things."

*Animated cheetah gif credited to CHASE STUDIOS*

Saturday, August 16, 2014

ARC AUGUST Week #two...

I am doing far better than my outside number of six ARCs in a month because I am at 5 and a half at the end of two weeks. This just goes to show what can be done when I am not fooling around on Twitter!

After I finished Nest, I started Dash by Kirby Larsen. I have been wanting to read it ever since I read the book blurb on Netgalley. I requested it right away, but it just sat there forever (it is still sitting there pending). A blogger tweeted the link to her review of Dash and I told her about my request problem, so she asked for my address and sent me her ARC!! Thank-you Celeste!
My one surprise was Words in Time and Place. It is a book about word and phrase origins set up like a thesaurus. I opened the Netgalley document only to take a quick look and ended up devouring the book in two sittings, so I am up to five ARCs!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


'Well I said I was going to read four ARCs, but hoped it would be six, but now I think I really underestimated myself because I read three and a half books in the first week!
The first ARC, GATES of THREAD and STONE, was a dream (I gave it five stars on Goodreads), so I sailed right through it; I couldn't put it down. This caused a bit if a problem with my buddy read because I left her in the dust! This was a FIVE STAR
Next I read PACK of DORKS a Middle Grade about FOURTH GRADERS.
My third ARC was ZAC and MEH... I mean Mia, yeah, Zac and Mia.
I started my fourth ARC, NEST by Esther Ehrlich, before the week was over, but it isn't much better...
But as soon as I have finished Nest I have a book I have really been looking forward to...